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To make an icon wine takes time. It takes years and years to build a wine's reputation. Given the right conditions and a little luck, one raging success is easy enough. It's the consistency and integrity of a wine over multiple vintages that separates the wheat from the chaff. It's fair to say that the Moppity Reserve Shiraz is approaching this level of icon status. For five vintages running, this wine has been rated 97 points by James Halliday, making it one of the most consistently excellent Shiraz' in the country. Collectors, now is your chance to get at the 2014 vintage. There was less of this made than usual, the stringent fruit classification going into this keeping production small but of the highest quality. Few wines express their regionality like this, this is the essence of the Hilltops region in all its glory.
What it Tastes Like
Amazing depth of perfume. Violets, blackberries and peppercorns. Lashings of sweet French oak lending toast and suppleness to the wine. It's regal, impeccable, and so easy to fall in love with. So long a slender yet immensely powerful. Prodigious finish. Top class.
97 points "In a super-dreadnought heavyweight bottle, and (of course) a luxe screwcap. The colour is perfect, the bouquet full of black fruit promise, but it is the immediacy and intensity of the attack of the fruit on the palate that leaves no doubt that the winemaking team was given full discretion on the cut-off point for inclusion under this label. Super-intense and spicy/pepper fruit, high quality oak and firmly focused tannins make an unforgettable taste experience." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
This is an incredibly rich and concentrated wine with lashings of briary, dark berry fruits, aniseed, mocha and spicy complexity. The tannins are amazingly soft and supply, with the viognier contributing an almost silky texture. Long, elegant and refined – an outstanding Shiraz. “This wine has set the benchmark for the Hilltops region, striking the perfect balance between warm climate richness and cool climate elegance. Cellar 10 years.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
In less than 5 years Moppity have captured the wine trade’s imagination with their wonderfully balanced, concentrated and expressive cool climate wines. Take note, this winery are one of the rising stars if Australian wine.
This is one to watch. The Hilltops in NSW has some huge potential. The high altitude vineyards in this region are producing some of the most epic cool climate Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet on the market at the moment. With a relatively low profile (for now), the value to be had in this area is second to none. But get in quick, the word is getting out and it wont be that way for long. Love yourself the more refined side of Shiraz? The Hilltops is a place you really need to check out.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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